Posts Tagged ‘B&P’

CN Withdraws Plans for Disputed Indiana Rail Yard

February 18, 2020

A rail yard in northwestern Indiana that drew protests from neighbors and environmentalists will apparently not be built.

Canadian National has withdrawn its petition seeking regulatory approval of an expanded facility in East Chicago, Indiana, that would have reportedly been used as a staging area for the shipment of petroleum coke.

The petition had said CN planned to fill in wetlands and build tracks to handle refinery byproducts.

CN said that the shipper, BP, “has identified a more efficient transportation for movement of commodities.”

The petroleum coke would have come from BP’s refinery in nearby Whiting, Indiana.

The withdrawal of the petition came from a consultant project manager and was addressed to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

City officials in East Chicago had said the permit CN had sought would have allowed it to build at 149th Street and store piles of petcoke in the Calumet neighborhoods.

In a statement to the Times of Northwest Indiana, BP said its involvement in the project was never about building a petroleum coke storage facility but only about improving the movement of rail traffic at its Whiting refinery.

Some of those who had opposed the CN petition said their environmental concerns remain because they fear that if the petcoke is contained in open rail cars that its dust will blow around their neighborhoods as trains pass through.

Petcoke is a byproduct of refining tar sands oil.

When These Locomotives Were Still Working

November 20, 2012

Akron Railroad Club member Todd Dillon dipped into his archives to pull out some image of Buffalo & Pittsburgh SD45 locomotives. He reports that these units have since been cut up at LTEX. They are shown here in service in happier times.

Photographs by Todd Dillon